1. ITV Report

Four puppies thought to be illegally imported rescued in Peterborough

Four puppies believed to have been illegally imported have been rescued by officers in Peterborough.

The French Bulldog puppies were found at a home in the Westwood area of Peterborough by officers from Peterborough Trading Standards while they were searching the property.

Two of the dogs Credit: Peterborough City Council

Officers found that paperwork details for the dogs did not comply with government regulations and investigations into the individuals believed to have been involved are now under way.

The puppies have been checked by a vet and received the necessary treatment to make sure they are healthy.

They are now set to be re-homed by the Dogs Trust.

The practice of illegally importing animals not only increases the risk of spreading disease to the UK, but it also raises serious welfare concerns for the animals, and in many instances results in additional quarantine costs for the unsuspecting purchaser. Whenever we obtain evidence suggesting animals have been illegally imported we will look to investigate and prosecute where necessary. We would urge people to be vigilant when buying or re-homing a dog.”

– Peter Gell, Peterborough City Council